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What is this texture called and how can I match it?

I repaired a 2' x 4' section of our ceiling, and I'd like to match the surrounding texture. Is this a sprayed texture like orange peel, or just some kind of roller stipple? Assuming it was orange ...
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mold on basement walls

I have a basement that I am planning on finishing. There was a mold problem. After washing the basement walls, I soaked them in Concrobium. I then painted the walls with a masonry waterproofing ...
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Will a tarp over the deck allow me to paint the deck during a Seattle winter?

I spent a few weekends in September stripping the paint from my deck. It's now stripped to the wood. Due to some unforeseen timing issues, I wasn't able to get the new paint down before fall arrived. ...
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How can I reduce or eliminate flaking from a limestone basement?

I have a 1902 house that was built on a limestone foundation. In the basement, the limestone blocks flake a bit which gets to be somewhat annoying having to sweep/vacuum it up from time to time. Are ...
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How do I remove paint from plastic window frames?

The paint is dark red and has dried. It only covers little areas on the plastic of the window frame. How do I remove it without damaging the frame? The frames are white.
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Is there a way to make my own chalkboard paint without using unsanded grout?

I'm trying to create my own chalkboard paint (where I'm from, we don't seem to have any stores that sell chalkboard paint, nor unsanded grout in the entire city) and I see all the DIY posts out there ...
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How concerned should I be over scraping/sanding a small area of lead paint

We removed a shelving unit in our kitchen that was attached directly to the wall. We intend to paint the entire room but the cabinet was on top of many layers of flaking old paint. The house dates ...
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Removing paint from wood: lattice

I have this gate wood door that was painted. Apparently, they didn't use primer. The paint started pealing, so I thought I will strip the paint easily and stain the door (that way I don't need to ...
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Latex paint dried and thickened, can I still use it for a touch up?

I was just about to do some touchup work in a room when I discovered upon opening the can that the remaining paint had thickened into a much thicker consistency. I think the lid may not have been on ...
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What are the best materials for non-toxic wooden blocks?

I want to make wooden blocks for my baby girl. If successful, I would like to sell wooden block sets online too. Requirements: (by order of importance) Non-toxic Cheap & readily available ...
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How do I remove dried paint from ceramic tiles and the bathtub?

The previous owner didn't bother to lay down a dropcloth when painting the bathroom, and there are multiple, small paint stains on the ceramic tile and bathtub. What is the best way to remove them? ...
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What primer and paint should I used for a solid-core wooden front door?

I recently purchased a new pre-hung exterior door for my house. We opted for a solid-core Douglas Fir instead of the fiberglass models as the wooden door was substantially cheaper. We want to paint ...
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Why won't primer adhere to my walls?

We are finally (after 12 years!) getting to painting the last room in our home. It was originally painted with builder's paint, but being a "spare" room, we weren't in a rush to repaint. The room is ...
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Can drywall with ripped paper be repaired?

I damaged some drywall when doing demo in a bathroom. Some of the paint peeled back and exposed the paper, which ripped off of the drywall. Can I do a thin coat and sand? please help, already ...
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Paint peeled off with wall border sticker

Yesterday I tried removing a (childish) wall border sticker from my wall. I used steam from a kettle to try and melt the glue, but it didn't work for some places. Is there a simple fix for this, or do ...
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Should I cut-in the whole room at once, or only the portion I'm working on?

Never painted before. I've decided to paint my studio, which is a 770 sq rectangular space. I'm going to need to paint the ceiling as well as the walls. I am planning to follow John Burbidge ...
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How can I keep my paint from freezing in an unheated garage?

This is the first winter I've had cans of paint in my garage. Many paint labels advise that paint shouldn't be allowed to freeze. There are three five-gallon buckets on the floor and around ten one-...
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How cold can it be when painting exterior?

Last fall we rebuilt our front porch steps. Now we are finally getting warmer weather and I want to paint these as soon as I can. The primer I have does not give a minimum temp rating. I figured if ...
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Why is there cracked paint on my new plaster?

I've just finished a renovation of my house. In the new half of the house, we have had problems with the paint on our cornices cracking. The cornices were brand new when installed, this was done ...
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There is mold in my bucket of paint. Can I still use the paint?

This is a very expensive acrylic paint, the bucket was not properly closed, and left 1 year in the basement. Now there is mold inside the bucket ; The strong smell of acrylic has also disappeared. ...
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how to patch the wall with multiple layers of paints?

I'm patching a hole in a bedroom. There are multiple layers of paints. I use lightweight spackle. Can anyone tell me how to fix the uneven wall? Thanks a lot.
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Painting a basement fuel oil tank

I have an old 275 gallon fuel oil tank in my basement. It is showing some signs of rust. Am thinking that a new coat of paint would be a protective measure. What kind of paint/primer should I use? ...
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Painting kitchen cabinets

I am getting ready to paint my kitchen cabinets and need some advice on best way to go about it. what is the best way to prep kitchen cabinets for painting and what is the best way to paint them, ...
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Paint Peeling, maybe gypsum paper too?

We just bought a house and were pulling some nails left over from what was probably crown moulding. The nails had been painted over and some of the paint came off with the nails. I peeled off a bit ...
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How can I finish and seal an interior exposed brick wall?

I have exposed a 100+ yr old brick wall inside, tuckpointed, cleaned with cup brushes on a grinder, and Sureklean 600. I don't have a picture right now but it looks beautiful. Two questions: I want ...
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How can I effectively remove paint from receptacle covers and screws?

We moved into an older house, and one of the projects is going to be replacing the 2-prong receptacles and changing them into 3-prong. However, there's many layers of paint around/over the plates, ...
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Why is part of my wall shiny after cleaning it?

I have recently moved to a new house and there have been a lot of deliveries for appliances and furniture. In the process there were some stains on the wall, nothing major as the paint was intact. I ...
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How to remove lead-based paint?

I live in an older home (built c. 1920) and I am positive that it's full of lead-based paint. When we bought the house, there was NO wood exposed anywhere in the house. The previous owners covered ...
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How do I open windows that are painted closed?

About a month ago I painted my windows and windowsills. The paint dried and I was able to open and close the windows at will for about a week or so after they were painted. Then the weather got hot, ...
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How do I remove multiple layers of paint from wooden entrance ledge?

Here's a picture: If I recall correctly I have already tried a chemical stripper years ago and it didn't work. What would be the easiest way to remove the layers of paint all the way down to bare ...
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How do I paint the steel crossbeam on a colorbond fence?

I have a colorbond fence. If you don't have colorbond in your area, it's painted steel panelling that can be used for fences or roofs. My fence looks like this: But what you can't see is the back - ...
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Was my mold issue handled properly?

I hope we didn't screw this up. We're in a rental and there was mold (blackish/grayish spots but it didn't look fuzzy) on the bare sheetrock garage walls and near a dryer vented into the garage (fixed ...
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What type of wood for moist exterior location that is also paintable

My rear screened porch has some has 2x2s that hold the screens in place and many of them are rotted from moisture. It looks like they are plain old 2x4s that were ripped down (though I'm not sure) ...
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How should I touch up my exterior door's paint after changing hardware?

After installing some new locks and handles, I realized that the previous owners didn't have the entire door painted but rather it was only around the hardware. I have the paint color and paint type, ...
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How should I remove the paint to expose brickwork?

My house is Georgian brick (about 1780). A garage was added and the part of the wall attached to the garage was painted white. I want to remove the paint and expose the brickwork. The garage is going ...
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How can I salvage the walls after painting over wallpaper?

So I moved into our house and the lady before me had faux finished the walls. I used latex paint and painted over everything. Ah, a fresh coat of paint.... NOPE! Well, she had painted over wallpaper ...
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What type of paint to recoat a ceramic tile hearth?

The hearth in front of my newly retiled fireplace (which was described in a DIY blog) needs repainting to complete the job. The hearth is made up of 6x6 ceramic tiles that have a well adhered coat of ...
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Can you use drywall mud on hardiboard?

I am looking at painting hardiboard or mudding and then painting. Is that OK?
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Is it enough to apply just one coat of Killz2 primer on drywall?

I have heard conflicting instructions regarding primer on drywall, some saying one and some saying two coats. The bucket of Killz2 itself says reapply after 1 hr, implying two coats are needed (I am ...
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What nap roller should I use for primer?

And does it matter, in choosing the nap, what the sheen of paint will be used over the primer? E.g. if I do my bathroom in semi-gloss using 3/8" nap vs living room in flat with 1/2" nap, should I also ...
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How can I remove paint smears on my vinyl siding?

I have some paint (latex, exterior) smears on my vinyl siding. It's set in the tiny cracks and is thoroughly cooked by the sun. I want to remove that. I was recommended methyl hydrate, which gave me ...
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How can I prevent color variants when painting over wall putty? [duplicate]

I have used putty on the wall to fix the holes, and fill some gaps. the putty color is white while the rest of the wall is an older light green, I am painting a very dark yellow, However when painting ...
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How can I make MDF more resistant panels?

I have fallen in love with textured MDF panels used to make walls. Oh boy that's beautiful. But raw, it's almost impossibly fragile. The question is : How can I make it harder, stonger to go through ...
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Is there any point in putting solid stain (rather than paint) on LP Smartside?

I'm getting ready to build a barn, likely with LP Smartside siding. LP says that you can put "solid" stain on it (not transparent). My question is, is there ever a reason you would do that? ...
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How can I prevent wall patches from affecting paint sheen?

I am trying to paint a wall. I have applied wall putty to cracks in the wall, applied one coat of wall primer (solvent based) then applied one coat of oil based paint. Where there was no wall putty ...
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How to open this paint can?

I'm used to pait cans where the lid can be simply pried off using a screwdriver. However this one seems different: How do I open it? There are no instructions on the can itself.
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Type of paint to buy for paint sprayer

I bought a Magnum airless paint sprayer to paint the exterior of a house. I'll be using latex paint (probably Behr from Home Depot). I'm wondering which quality of paint would work best in it. Behr ...
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Should I add Floetrol / XIM Latex Extender to my Exterior Acrylic Latex Paint?

I painted my front door (metal) with Sherwin-Williams Emerald Exterior Satin (Acrylic Latex) and the result is not super. The paint dries so fast that I ended with multiple brush marks and roller ...
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Paint vs polyurethane durability

For an indoor project that is likely to get bumped, knocked, etc. (e.g., door or window casing, cabinets, built-in bookshelves, etc.), should one expect that a good quality paint will resist chipping ...
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Moisture in the bathroom is bubbling lead paint - how do I seal it?

I live in a home built in the 1930s. The bathroom has been poorly remodeled at least twice. At the last remodel, before I moved in, the work wasn't finished. Within the shower everything is fine, but ...

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